Celebrating Spring—and Officiating a Wedding—in a Corvette Stingray Convertible

By Brett Berk
Vanity Fair




It is difficult to know what to pack when visiting Detroit in April. Though the mood—and the sky and the ground and the buildings and the bodies of water—generally takes on the monochromania of spit-dampened cement, things can change radically and rapidly. When we arrived in town last week, the weather was mild and in the 50s; then it snowed later that night. Not flurries—clumps of snow that accumulated on the windshield.

Fortunately, that windshield belonged to the automotive equivalent of a Moncler Himalaya jacket with a zip-out lining, collar, and sleeves: a $56,000 (base price) metallic Laguna Blue Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible ($67,430 as optioned).

Despite being a cloth-roofed roadster and a Corvette—a car traditionally known to rattle and flex like an 80s b-boy—the convertible was a cosseting companion, regardless of what kind of flakes, drops, debris, or pollen bombs were falling from the sky.

The roof is triple-layered and can collapse with a push of a button on the key fob. The seats and dashboard (wrapped in high-quality leather and suede inserts that come with the $4,200 2LT interior-upgrade package) brush clean. The heating system blows Mojave hot, comes on full blast when you remotely start the car (another fob button), and is controlled with real knobs, unlike some competitors’ fiddly touch-screen interfaces. And the domineering five-spoke wheels were covered in high-performance winter rubber, just in case the fluffy stuff began to fall with real alacrity, which, thank Frosty, it didn’t. (“In Detroit, we leave the snow tires on until May,” a Chevy rep told us.)

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